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Typically, the first indication is the starter solenoid clicks but the starter does not spin. This indicates a dead or weak spot on the armature where the brushes must make good contact. Usually, trying to start the engine a couple more times will result in success. This could go on for a very long time before you actually need to replace the starter (I know). But, it is better to replace as soon as this happens a couple times, because you just don't know when it won't resuscitate itself someday. The other indication that a starter is going bad (or is bad) is if it pulls the battery way down when you try to start. This indicates a shorting of the armature to ground during rotation. Replace immediately.

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